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Building a Stadium for Wrocław
May 20, 2009   
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Tomasz Walczuk, business development director at J&P-AVAX SA, talks to Witold Żygulski.

J&P-AVAX SA is part of a consortium that signed a contract in mid-April to build a stadium in Wrocław where Euro 2012 soccer championship matches will be played. What will be J&P-AVAX's role in this project?
J&P-AVAX was one of the leading contractors building Olympic facilities for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The projects carried out at that time included two stadiums: Karaiskaki in Piraeus, the stadium of the Olympiakos Piraeus club; and Pancretan in Crete. This experience allowed us to take part in the bidding process in Wrocław. Within the consortium, we are responsible for half the work as well as acting as co-managers of the contract, which makes our role a crucial one.

Will J&P-AVAX make use of the experience it gained building sports facilities for the Athens 2004 Olympics in projects related to Euro 2012 in Poland?
The experience from the Athens 2004 Olympic Games taught us a great deal. It needs remembering that sports facilities such as stadiums are a unique challenge; they are unlike any other buildings. In addition, that experience taught us how to work to a tight schedule. We built the stadium in Piraeus in 365 days-that's probably a European record. Hence, naturally we want to make use of that experience in Wrocław as well, where the schedule is also tight and the expectations of the local community run high.

What other projects is J&P-AVAX involved in at present in Poland or plans for the coming years?
J&P-AVAX has been present in Poland for almost five years. Until now we have concentrated mostly on infrastructure projects. We are currently working on two motorway contracts-building the A1 motorway's Sośnica-Bełk section and building the Sośnica junction, the biggest motorway junction in Poland, with a total budget of almost 500 million euros.

At present we are taking part in several dozen bidding processes involving the construction of expressways and motorways all over Poland. We plan strong development of this area of our business operations.

The Polish market includes a great many Western companies from the construction sector. What do you think are the special qualities of J&P-AVAX and in which sectors does the company intend to specialize in Poland?
Poland has become a very attractive market for construction companies from all over Europe and other countries around the world. The competition is certainly intensifying, but at the same time the number of our projects is growing. J&P-AVAX is special in that it has great potential in terms of its own staff and equipment. I think this could give us a competitive edge. Also, the company is building its reputation as a good and reliable contractor.

As I mentioned, so far we have focused mainly on road construction. However, we are also interested in building airports and railway lines. After completing the Wrocław stadium, once the investment climate improves, we will also develop our operations in the general construction sector.

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